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“An Astounding Welcome” — Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 6/14/17
Biblical scholars argue that the Book of Acts is one long committee meeting.  First on the agenda for the early Church is who should be welcome. The majority opinion must have been: let’s stay in Jerusalem and maintain our members only club, a small collection of men who believe like us, who act like us,...
“Identity Matters” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 6/7/17
Exiled in Babylon, displaced from the Promised Land and disoriented by life without a Temple, the Jewish people were in doubt.  And if faith is primarily about remembering all that God has done and is doing, then the Jews were starting to forget. The Book of Genesis is Moses’ written response, a poem about the...
“Left Behind” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/24/17
There must have been a lot of standing around in silence, the disciples staring up at the sky as Jesus levitated away, his shining face veiled by the clouds, his pierced side obscured by the tree tops, the bottom of his worn sandals disappearing into the ether. The modern Church, regrettably, has stood around silent...
“The Way, the Truth and the Life” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/17/17
If you have a red-letter edition of the Bible, then you know the longest section in the entire New Testament comes between chapters 12 -18 of John’s Gospel.  Five straight chapters of Jesus talking almost without interruption.  After his public ministry ends and his passion begins, Jesus has a lot to say in this farewell...
“Blood of the Martyrs” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/10/17
Stephen was not one of the original twelve. When Judas needed to be replaced, he wasn’t on the short list.  Instead, he was a secondary apostle relegated to the food pantry, to hand out cans of soup and throw away piles of moldy bread.  He was the guy charged with handling all the quiet delegated...
“Presence Over Provision” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/3/17
The analogies for God are many.  God is creator, painting every empty canvas with brushstrokes of beauty, the heavenly potter fashioning all that’s out of sort back into shape.  God is parent, pacing by the window with the porch light on until we drag our prodigal selves home expecting eternal punishment and receiving nothing less...
“Feel The Burn” – Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 4/26/17
Feel The Burn    John 24:13-35 Amidst all of our Easter Hallelujahs and Resurrection Rejoicing, it’s easy to forget that those first Easter days for Jesus’ followers were far from celebratory.  We are reminded with our text today that they were filled with the worst kind of defeat, of devastation, of destroyed dreams.  And while it...
“Talking Back to Our Fears” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 4/19/17
After the execution of Jesus, the disciples figured they would be next. So they scurried into an upper room where they extinguished the candles and pulled the curtains and locked the door to hide in the dark and hold their breath. But then they were found out. Not by the authorities, but by the One...
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